THE HOARSE WHISPERER By Jenny Ortuoste for Manila Standard-Today, 9 April 2014, Wednesday
Filly tops PCSO race
Top favorite Definitely Great lived up to her name when she defeated four other 3YO to win the Apr. 5 Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Special Maiden Race at Metro Turf Club in Malvar, Batangas.
The filly, owned by Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos and ridden by Kelvin Abobo, broke cleanly out of the gate and ran off the pace behind the leader, Misty Blue.
Biding his time in third position was the lone colt in the race, Think Again.
Abobo began rallying his horse at the backstretch and negotiated a path on the outside, gaining the lead at the home turn and pulling away to win by two lengths.
The daughter of Quaker Ridge out of racemare Joletsky took home the first prize of P600,000 and clocked 1:10.6 over 1,200 meters. Cat’s Regal took second place, Think Again third, and Misty Blue fourth.
Abalos also won the breeders’ purse of P50,000.
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The Asian Racing Federation website for the 35th Asian Racing Conference was supposed to have featured this year 40-word descriptions of the best horse, trainer, and jockey of member countries.
Manila Jockey Club racing manager Jose Ramon Magboo, after much thought and consultation, decided on the following as our entries, and asked me to draft the write-ups below.
However, I can’t find them, or any others of a similar nature, posted on the ARF or ARC websites. Perhaps the web administrators changed their minds about the features?
Anyway, here are the write-ups, useful at least as racing history trivia:
“Horse: Fair and Square (Belgrade Square x Fair Sea): As a 3YO in 1981, he won the Philippine Triple Crown and the PCSO Presidential Gold Cup, winning the Gold Cup again in 1982. Retired to stud in 1983, he sired two PCSO Gold Cup champions, Sun Dancer (1989 and 1990) and Fair Start (1993), among many other stakes-winning progeny.
“Trainer: Antonio C. Alcasid, DVM: Dr. Alcasid, trainer of Fair and Square, Fair Start, and other Philippine track icons, has notched many stakes wins including 12 PCSO Presidential Gold Cup victories since 1977, winning four times back-to-back and once three times in a row, a record unequalled by anyone since. He also won two PCSO Silver Cups.
“Jockey: Jesus C. Guce: Known as “The Maestro”, he won the PCSO Presidential Gold Cup six times, more than any other jockey. He is also the victor of many stakes races since the early 1970s. His win-place record is considered unmatched till the present.”